Category: Giro d’Italia

2019 Giro rumors: 3 TTs, gravel, lots of climbing


FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — The 2019 Giro d’Italia, the route for which will presented at the end of this month, will start in Bologna and is due to mix new climbs with iconic ones and plenty of time trialing before ending in Verona.

Organizer RCS Sport keeps the details secret at its Milan headquarters, but local press in contact with city officials have leaked much of the 2019 route early. Chris Froome (Sky), the 2018 winner, or even 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) should smile with the amount of climbing and time trial miles RCS Sport should include.

Over a week ago, RCS Sport announced Bologna and Emilia Romagna would play a key role in the 2019 edition. Bologna will see off the first stage, a short uphill time trial to the San Luca Sanctuary that hosts the final of the Giro dell’Emilia one-day race.

The region also hosts the start of stage 9, a 34.7km time trial into the Republic of San Marino that celebrates the Sangiovese vineyards nearby. Modena — the home of Ferrari — hosts a flat stage finish the following day on stage 10.

Several local newspapers named Verona’s arena as the host of 2019 editions’s gran finale. It’s likely the home of Romeo and Juliet will host the third time trial of the race, around 15km over the Circuito delle Torricelle to the Arena’s front door.

The tifosi will scan the route quickly when RCS Sport releases it in search of the high mountain peaks. Those are in the north, and this is a Giro that will celebrate the famous boot’s upper section.

The race starts in Bologna and ends nearby in Verona and goes no further south than Naples, according to reports. That leaves more time to explore the mountain passes that the Giro is known for.

In the second week, a classic stage from Cuneo to Pinerolo in Piedmont is planned. It could include around 5,000 meters of climbing. On a similar stage in 1949, Italian hero Fausto Coppi rode clear to a stage victory and gained enough time for the overall. The following day, 100 years after his birth, the Giro should finish outside the Coppi museum in Novi Ligure — the Museo dei Campionissimi.

On the third weekend, the Giro could again climb over 4,000 meters to Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley. The 14th stage would climb the Colle San Carlo beforehand and finish in front of the Courmayeur Skyway. That Sunday, it would celebrate its Il Lombardia monument with a stage to Como that takes in many of the one-day classic’s climbs — not high-altitude, but demanding ones that could trap several contenders.

The final week’s run to Verona includes a classic over the Mortirolo and Gavia pass, where American Andy Hampsten defended an eventual Giro victory in 1988. A short ad punchy mountain stage of around 100km is also on the books. Fans and organizers have grown fond of those types of stages in recent years.

And the final punch? Leaked this week, it appears the organizer planned a stage over the Cima Campo, Manghen, and Rolle passes ahead of the beautiful Croce d’Aune climb. On this climb in 1927, Tullio Campagnolo realized the need to change gears easily and began planning designs for the eventual rear derailleur that would revolutionize cycling.

This Dolomite stage would be stage 20 and, according to a report in Tutto Bici, could use the gravel roads at the top to host the final pink jersey fight. Such an inclusion would be applauded a year after Froome’s solo ride over the gravel Finestre climb.

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2019 Giro d’Italia to start in Bologna


MILAN (AFP) — The 2019 Giro d’Italia will begin with an 8.2km time trial in Bologna, in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, organizer RCS confirmed on Monday.

“Emilia-Romagna has produced some of the greatest champions of the sport of cycling. It thoroughly deserves this recognition,” said Giro director Mauro Vegni.

Britain’s Chris Froome won the 2018 edition of the race, which started in Israel with a similarly short time trial.

The 102nd edition of the race for the pink jersey will start on May 11 and end on June 2. Although RCS teased the route with details of the four days in Emilia-Romagna — stages 1, 2, 9, and 10 — it won’t confirm the full route until November.

“In a marked difference to recent years, we decided with the Emilia-Romagna region not design three consecutive stages early in the race but to create three very different stages for each day of racing,” said Vegni. “The start in Bologna with a time trial to the San Luca Sanctuary will give an immediate shape to the race for the maglia rosa.”

The season’s first grand tour gets underway with a tough individual time trial concluding in an uphill finish in Bologna, which last hosted the opening stage 25 years ago.

Stage 2 heads south from Bologna, with the peloton revisiting the Emilia-Romagna region with starts or finishes in Riccione, Ravenna, Modena, and Carpi.

RCS confirmed that stage 9 will be a demanding 34.7km time trial from the coastal town of Riccione to San Marino, where the second half of the course is almost entirely uphill.

“The time trial stage from Riccione to San Marino is very hard and, as the ‘Wine Stage’ of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, will celebrate the Sangiovese wines,” Vegni added.

The Giro’s first rest day will be on May 20, the race resuming the following day with a flat stage 10 from Ravenna to Modena which will favor the sprinters.

Stage 11 will start from Carpi and, according to RCS Sport, “head towards the west.”

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How Movistar discovered Ecuadorian star Carapaz

Youngster Richard Carapaz became the first Ecuadorian to win a grand tour stage at the Giro, but that didn’t surprise team brass.

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Rivals crumbled, fans freaked out, and lots of people have opinions about Froome’s impressive victory. So let’s make sense of it all.

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Dumoulin happy with Giro second, doesn’t want court-assisted win

Tom Dumoulin said he’d rather not be awarded the Giro win if Chris Froome is stripped of his pink jersey because of his anti-doping case.

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Hinault rips Froome for racing despite ongoing Salbutamol case

“Froome is not part of the legend of this sport,” says Bernard Hinault.

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Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Hinault

• Bernard Hinault criticises Team Sky rider after Giro d’Italia win

• Team Sky hit back, calling for fairness over Froome

Bernard Hinault has launched a stinging attack on Chris Froome, claiming the Team Sky rider should never have been on the Giro d’Italia start line owing to his anti‑doping battle.

Froome joined Hinault and Eddy Merckx by becoming the third man in history to win three consecutive grand tour titles. The 32-year-old executed an extraordinary comeback to win the Giro d’Italia and add to his Tour de France and Vuelta a España victories from last year. Hinault claims Froome’s name should not be uttered alongside his own. “Froome does not belong on that list,” the 63-year-old Frenchman said, according to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

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